Friday, July 1, 2016

Liza Soberano Bares Sexy, Slimmer Body in a New Video

Cosmopolitan Philippines released a video showing the photo shoot of its July 2016 cover girl Liza Soberano.

The video which promises to leave you breathless features a slimmer Liza showing some sexy parts of her body as she posed for the camera, departing from her usual sweet image on television.

Watch below:

Ang ganda!!!! Yung gandang nakakamatay sa inggit. Oh well, @lizasoberano

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Angel Locsin Admits Hurting, Jessy Mendiola Happy with Luis Manzano


FHM Sexiest Woman 2016 Jessy Mendiola, on Thursday, has finally put an end to rumors saying she already replaced Angel Locsin's spot in the heart of Luis Manzano.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Jessy said she sees nothing wrong with hanging out with the TV host.

I am single so I don’t have any problems with that. I really appreciate the fact na he has always been there for me. He’s a very good guy.  It is what it is. What you see is what you get,” she said.

The actress, however, maintained she does not want to label it as a date.

Kasi sometimes we go out as a group. We go out sometimes. Yeah, you could say we go out and we are friends and we are getting close to each other,” she said.

Asked if she thinks Luis is courting her, the 23-year-old actress simply said: “Ewan ko sa kanya.”

But does Luis even stand a chance?

Oo naman. I am not denying anything. Ayaw ko naman maging sobrang pretentious na wala. Meron kasi, ‘di ba? As I’ve said, Luis is a good guy. Any girl would be lucky to have him kaya siguro Lucky ang pangalan niya,” she said.

In a separate interview, Luis' ex-girlfriend Angel Locsin admitted that she has yet to move on from her failed relationship with Luis, "I'm getting there."

Angel added that she will not pretend that everything is okay between her Luis.

"Hindi ako magpapaka-plastik. Lahat naman tayong mga babae ay may prosesong ginagawa. Pero ako naman kasi, I always want him to be happy. So kung happy siya, magiging happy na lang ako para sa kanya." she said.


(Movie Trailer) DUKOT - Enrique Gil and Shaina Magdaya


Star Cinema and Ten 17 Productions released the official trailer of the independent movie "Dukot" starring Enrique Gil. Watch below:



Directed by Paul Soriano, “Dukot,” is based on true events. It tells the story of Carlo (Gil) who was abducted and held at abandoned place as his kidnappers demand ransom from his parents.

The movie also stars Shaina Magdaya, Ricky Davao, Christopher de Leon, Bing Pimentel, Alex Medina and Bangs Garcia.

"Dukot" opens in select theaters nationwide on July 13.

Reunited with My Growing Up Beauty Weapon - NIVEA Body


Growing up, just like the rest, I had a fair share of traumatic experiences about pimple breakage, rough dark skin. I can still recall my Tita from Abu Dhabi, UAE to send me Nivea products to address my skin concerns since the product can only be purchased from a few stores selling imported goods that time. And the price was so high, mind you.


Me, at present time.


When an invitation came my way last Saturday, June 25, to join this country's most credible lifestyle and beauty bloggers in an event that will give today's generation of active women a fun and creative way to check the firmness of their skin by the world’s no.1 skin care brand - NIVEA, without a blink of an eye, I obliged.

The event dubbed as NIVEA Skin Firmness Check was held at SM Megamall Fashion Hall and was graced by the brand's influencers led by Kapuso sexy star Kim Domingo and Kapamilya host Gretchen Ho who said that you can never be young or old enough to worry about taking good care of your skin. As age kicks in, as early as our 20s, our skin starts to lose its firmness, making today the best time to start caring for our skin, to keep it firmer for longer.

Throughout the day, guests were treated to a fun way of checking the firmness of their skin through a bungee trampoline, outfitted with high-speed cameras to capture how the skin moves as they jump. Using a motion-tracking technology, guests were shown a creative visualization of the skin’s movement to illustrate the firmness of the skin – the less movement, the firmer the skin is.
Jamie Sanico, Senior Brand Manager of NIVEA Body, said: “Our skin starts losing firmness at age 20, and so NIVEA thought of this creative way to engage younger women and help them realize the need to start achieving and maintaining the skin’s best years. By letting our consumers know about the possible factors and habits that may affect their skin, we are giving them the chance to start achieving their skin’s best years.

To further educate women on skin firmness, guests were made to assess their lifestyle through the NIVEA Skin Firmness Habit Check that revealed the habits that influence the skin’s firmness – from lack of sleep, not enough water intake, exposure to UV rays and pollution, smoking and many other factors. Talk about being every woman’s best skin care partner!




It was truly a wonderful event that firmed-up NIVEA’s position as the best skin care in achieving skin’s best years. The NIVEA white and firm range, which includes the NIVEA Extra White Firming Body Serum SPF33 provides not just fairer but firmer and smoother skin too. Extra White Firming Body Serum SPF33, with its light and non-sticky formula, contains 95% pure Vitamin C to provide radiant and fairer skin tone and firming ingredient Q10 that helps firm skin and restore its elasticity. The amazing result? Noticeably more radiant, whiter, smoother and firmer skin in just 14 days.

For more information, visit NIVEA.ph and facebook.com/NIVEAPhilippines or you may follow @NIVEAPhils on Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

PLDT SME Nation's #BeTheBoss is Back! Send Your Nominations Now!



PLDT SME Nation's pioneering social media crowd sourcing search for the new generation of entrepreneurs is all set to welcome a new batch of digitally-driven industry game-changers.

#BeTheBoss, in partnership with Rappleris back for year two as it continues on its mission to recognize excellence in technological innovation and digital integration. 

"Our goal is simple and poignant - to demonstrate how digital technology can empower micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and help them grow their business by looking to young and savvy entrepreneurs who've actually done it," VP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin said. 





Online nominations are currently ongoing until July 10, 2016 at rappler.com/bethebossA panel of judges will short list the nominations and choose the top three finalists for each category. The final phase will be the online public voting which will comprise of 40 percent of the finalists' score. 

This year's categories are: Boss for E-Commerce is for the e-commerce champ who knows how to own the internet and its opportunities through an innovative application or an online service; Boss for Social Media isthe entrepreneur who knows how to maximize social media platforms and use it for growing an online community; Boss for Social Responsibility is the entrepreneur who goes beyond marketability and profitability by giving back to the community; and finally, Boss for Innovative Solutionsis for the leader who thinks outside the proverbial box and utilizes technology to offer services and ideas that cater to a broad audience.





Last year's first batch of winners and finalists, narrowed down from over 500 nominations from around the country, flew to Silicon Valley for a unique digital immersion in one of the world's technological melting pots. 

Boss for E-Commerce Kim Lato of online tech store Kimstore, Boss for Social Media and top wedding photographer Jason MagbanuaBoss for Customer Service and queuing solutions company TimeFree Innovationsfounder Chino AtilanoBoss for Social Responsibility and Messy Bessyfounder Kristine Reyes-Lopez, and Boss for Mobile Readiness and mobile app MobKard founder Carlo Calimon also received mobile business kits from SME Nation

This year's winners will also get the opportunity to broaden their horizons and globalize their business with the Silicon Valley experience.

Locsin added, "For traditional entrepreneurs, digital can be daunting and discouraging. But that's exactly what we want to disprove with #BeTheBoss. We want to show everyone that the right digital business solutions can actually democratize and level the playing field especially for MSMEs who are only starting to carve their niche in the industry."

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Gilas Pilipinas v. Turkey, France and NZ on Their Road to FIBA 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament



It's an exciting season for Pinoy basketball fans as the days forthe much awaited FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament come closer

Before the exciting face-offs in the FIBA OQT and after a victorious tune-up game against the mighty Iranian contenderslast June 8, Gilas Pilipinas is set for another action filled Road to Glory home court tune up game against one of Europe's best basketball teams – Turkey. The Turkish team is one of the strongest FIBA OQT contenders at number 8 in the FIBA World Ranking.  The Gilas and Turkey face-off is set on Friday, July 1, 7PM at the Mall of Asia Arena and will be aired live and exclusive on TV5. 

This is another opportunity for Gilas Pilipinas to gauge their strength as a team before they get into the real hard court action with some of the strongest and biggest international basketball teams to compete in the FIBA OQT.

After a series of tune up games and after revealing the final 12 to represent the country in the FIBA OQT, the country's very own Gilas Pilipinas is joining the other qualified countries in the quest for Olympic honors, to be played in two other venues – Turin (Italy) and Belgrade (Serbia). The whole world will be watching and the Philippines will be in the spotlight come July 5-10, 2016 for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament live at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Playing in Manila are teams France, Canada, Senegal, New Zealand and Turkey. 





The mighty Gilas team will be playing its biggest and most challenging games as it tries to grab that most coveted spot for the Men's Basketball event in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is one of the best times for the basketball loving Pinoys to show their love and support to the Philippine team as it mightily represent the country in the international basketball scene. 

With its strong commitment to bring the best sporting events to Filipino households both here and abroad, TV5 - the country's premier sports channel will be exclusively airing FIBA OQT's world class basketball action live with updates at Sports5 PH. 

Buy your tickets now at SM Ticket Outlets. LABAN PILIPINAS! PUSO!

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TFC North America's Fireworks of July - Movies, Concerts and Fashion for a Cause


Following a very busy month of shows in June that gathered thousands of people to: Washington, D.C.; Bolingbrook, Illinois; Anchorage, Alaska; Jonesboro, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Jersey City, New Jersey; North Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, ABS-CBN North America's The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Lifestyle Network channel promise an explosive and dazzling month of July to light up the events scene in the U.S. and Canada:


Ian, Jodi and Richard in "The Achy Breaky Hearts" on July 8

The very successful TFC teleseryes "Pangako Sa 'Yo" and "Be Careful With My Heart" had the much adulated leading men Ian Veneracion and Richard Yap, respectively.  Both men had one common denominator: lead female co-star Jodi Sta. Maria who showed her acting depth in drama and comedy.  A dream love triangle comes to the big screen when the "Tisoy" Veneracion (a Filipino or Pinoy with Caucasian ancestry) and the "Chinoy" Yap (a Filipino or Pinoy with Chinese ancestry) duke it out for the affections of the hilariously, romantically desperate and confused 30-something Chinggay (Sta. Maria) as TFC@theMovies brings the rom-com "The Achy Breaky Hearts" to 32 theaters in U.S. and 5 in Canada on July 8.  Directed by the acclaimed writer-director Antoinette Jadaone (who also wrote and megged the blockbusters, "That Thing Called Tadhana" and "You're My Boss"), the film also stars Beauty Gonzales, Sarah Lahbati, Desiree Del Valle, Erika Padilla, Denise Joaquin, Khalil Ramos, Sharmaine Buencamino, Miles Ocampo, Liza Lorena, and Rey Abellana, among others.  

For more information, visit https://www.tfc-usa.com/achybreakyhearts/


 
"Dolce Amore" cast, Robin Padilla, Morissette, Kyla, Daryl Ong, Kakai
in "One Kapamilya Go in Canada" on July 23

On July 23 at the Hershey Center of Mississauga – the third largest city in Ontario province and the sixth largest in Canada – will play host to a super TFC cast that is guaranteed to have something for all fans who will watch the big, "One Kapamilya Go Canada".  To those following the global teleserye hit, "Dolce Amore", the love team of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil or LizQuen and Matteo Guidicelli are starring in this edition of the event.  They will be joined by "Pilipinas Got Talent" judge, action star and cultural icon, Robin Padilla, R&B royalties of the Philippines, Kyla and Daryl Ong, powerful singer Morissette from "The Voice Philippines", and comedian Kakai.  Expect hot dance numbers, amazing vocal performances, high energy production numbers, rollicking comedy, and barrels of family fun and surprises!



 
"Rock the Runway": A Benefit Fashion Event in Hollywood
with Rocky Gathercole on July 28

In the latest music video, "Misery", released recently by Gwen Stefani, critics described the visual treat as a fashion spectacle.  Prominently featured were the red and yellow flowered dress by designer Geny Maalouf, and an ethereal all-red creation that features a La Perla bustier and tulle shirt by celebrated Filipino designer, Rocky Gathercole.  But dressing up celebrities is nothing new to Gathercole.  After all, his Hollywood clients include Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Carrie Underwood and Ariana Grande.

But on July 28 at the famous Avalon Hollywood in Los AngelesGathercole will bring his haute fashion to help abused children in the Philippines.  Coming from a life of hardship growing up in the streets in the Philippines, Gathercole's heart has never been far from the young souls who struggle to survive in abusive situations.  Thus the show, "Rock the Runway" which is a Benefit Fashion Event featuring Gathercole's creations.  Produced by ABS-CBN's Lifestyle Network in cooperation with Jacob Meir, the show will benefit the Bantay Bata (Child Watch) program of ABS-CBN Foundation International.






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Sorry Nadine Lustre, Jessy Mendiola Wins 'FHM Sexiest Women 2016' Poll


"The people have the power to choose who they think belong on the list, and who should be crowned the Sexiest Woman in the Philippines," says Allan Hernandez, FHMeditor-in-chief. This year, the people have chosen Jessy Mendiola as the Finest in The Land in the poll conducted by FHM Philippines from April 1 to June 15.

The 23-year-old actress, who landed 23rd place last year, has been seen in roles where she exuded hotness in TV shows such as Maria Mercedes and Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK), where she recently portrayed a pole dancer. But the mestiza beauty proves that being sexy is beyond physical.

Despite the recent body-shaming reaction of netizens to one of her photos, Jessy remains confident. She responded via her Instagram: "My body may not be perfect but that will not stop me from being confident with myself. We all come in different sizes and shapes but that shouldn't stop us from being happy with our own bodies. Whether you are curvy, malaman, skinny, too skinny, on the plus size, or even plus plus size, you have all the right to be confident with yourself because that is who and what you are. If you don't love yourself enough, who else will?"

"It's not a question of 'why her,' but 'why only now,'" says B.A. Borleo, FHM.com.ph'smanaging editor. "This result just proves something we've known for quite some time now here in FHM: We all can't get enough of Jessy Mendiola. We've all spent time checking up on her—the ads, the TV shows, the movies, her posts on social media. This woman is everywhere, her followers number in millions, and now they've managed to put their idol on top of the FHM 100 Sexiest List."

"She bided her time, honed her craft, pushed herself to be better, and now she is," adds Hernandez. "This is your year, Jessy Mendiola. Congratulations!"


For the full FHM 100 Sexiest Women list, grab a copy of our July 2016 issue, out soon!

FHM Philippines is available on newsstands and in bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of FHM is also available for download on mobile devices through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, and Zinio.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Amy Perez and Jonalyn Viray Trap in Istanbul Airport Bombing



Amy Perez and Jonalyn Viray, who are on their way back to Manila after attending the "MMK Kwentuhang Kapamilya" event in Madrid with Charo Santos-Concio, were shocked to learn that the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul were they are supposed to land was bombed by three suicide bombers killing 36 people and wounding close to 150.

She said they were informed that their flight will be diverted to the nearby Izmir airport because of the incident. Turkey was supposed to be a stopover for Perez and other Filipinos bound for Manila.

"Napaupo lang ako at nagpasalamat ako sa Diyos na walang nangyari sa amin," Perez, who was on board Flight TK 1860, said in an interview over "Umagang Kay Ganda."

Perez, who is with her husband, Carlo Castillo, said they arrived at the Izmir airport at around 12 midnight in Turkey and was advised to stay inside the plane for security reasons. She also got the names of other Filipino passengers on the same flight and posted the list on her Instagram account.


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Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants: "This attack, targeting innocent people is a vile, planned terrorist act."
 
Ataturk is Turkey's largest airport and a major transport hub for international travelers. - ABS-CBNNews

GMA Network's Animated Series ALAMAT Wins Best of Festival Award at the 2016 US International Film & Video Festival

 
GMA Public Affairs’ animated anthology series Alamat wins for the country it’s first-ever “Best of Festival Award” at the 2016 US International Film & Video Festival (USIFVF). 

Alamat’s winning episode was produced by a team led by Public Affairs Program Manager (now Asst. Vice President) Jaileen F. Jimeno. “We have millions of Philippine culture-based stories waiting to be told, and we want Filipino children to know more about these stories. We want them to believe that one must be good, fair, and kind. At the same time, we want them to believe in magic. We want to encourage them to be imaginative.”    

I am proud that a Filipino product like Alamat is appreciated here and abroad,” Jimeno added.

Considered as the Grand Prix of the USIFVF, the “Best of Festival Award” is presented to an outstanding entry among the Gold Camera winners in each production type.

Rachelle Ann Go Wins West End Frame 2016 Best Performance of a Song Award


Rachelle Ann Go received the West End Frame 2016 Best Performance of a Song award for her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" in Les Miserables where she played the role of Fantine.

Rachelle is elated over the recognition and told the site that she feels blessed to be able to be doing work that she loves in the world famous West End.




West End Frame is an independent UK theater website that publishes reviews, breaking news, and interviews with West End stars. The West End Frame Awards are voted for by the site’s readers.

ROBINSONS SUPERMARKET and How It Helps My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle


Living a healthy lifestyle is expensive. But being fat can be hurtful.

Staying healthy for me is not just what you see from outside. Beyond superficial. It's what you feel, how you feel  - and this remains to be one of my biggest challenges.

That's why when I heard about ROBINSONS SUPERMARKET Wellness Festival, it didn't occurred to me how hard it could be to brave the Friday night traffic just to join this event. Yes, traffic is hard, but it's harder to face everyday feeling bloated, with dying self-esteem. With my busy lifestyle: full-time job, blog conference left and movie, movie screenings, social events, travel invitations, and relationship duties, there is no time left to go to the gym, jog or even do crunches at home. You don't have an idea how much money I am spending just to stay fit. Let me enumerate:

Low calorie healthy meal plan - annual subscription
Non-invasive procedure - annual session
Massage theraphy session 2x/week
Boxing and gym membership (was able to attend once on both)
Clothing allowance (most part of my budget goes here. From XS to S to now, M!)

People tend to always make you feel bad, look awful. "Ang laki ng tyan mo, grabe! Mag diet ka nga!" "Tumataba ka nga!" If only I could tell them the same. "Ikaw, din. Ang pangit mo na dati pero bakit parang mas pumapangit ka pa lalo?" Better not to argue. What's the point? I am fat, period.

I arrived at Robinsons Magnolia Open Garden area thinking I will have an hour again listening to a series of talks about what to eat and not. What exercise should I put in my schedule. To get rid of things that cause stress, hence, an unhealthy eating habits. Little did I know that I am about to face a whole lot of fun while learning, achieving the body that I want without hurting my budget.



The exciting wellness activity started immediately after I entered the venue. A Festival Wellness Card showing the different activities lined-up for the night was handed to me.




The goal is to try some, if not all, of the activities featured in different booths situated within the area. For each successful attempt, you will get a mark and a bag of goodies from their lifestyle partners such as Abbott, Johnson's, Promil, Nestle, P&G, Univeler, and Magnolia, . If you complete all the tasks, you will get an access to enjoy an unlimited treat from the biggest walk-in salad bar. Healthy cocktail drinks and foods are also being served elsewhere in the area.

   
Wow, this big walk-in salad bar. I can live in this place forever!


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I was able to try the Hand Grip Strength Test, the result? Weak.


 This is fun. I tried it 4 times. I didn't imagine that picking those fruits can be that hard.


Trying to blend in. Neon Fitness Party with coach Jim and Toni Saret of The Biggest Loser.


"Wellness Festival," the 3rd-leg of Robinsons Supermarket year-long mission to bring health and wellness options to all Filipinos called "Route to Wellness" features fun and engaging booths on healthier choice and practices, healthy activities like Wellness Challenges, Neon Fitness Party with coach Jim and Toni of The Biggest Loser, and a Cooking demo with The Sexy Chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck.

And true to what Ms. Jody Gadia, Robinsons General Manager, said: “A truly healthy and fulfilling lifestyle takes genuine commitment and follows a process that requires the will to say ‘yes’ to what it takes to achieve it. And Robinsons Supermarket’s role is to keep everyone on the right track by offering an accessible and fun route to their desired lifestyle,” Robinsons Supermarket Wellness Festival aims to encourage shoppers to find their own path to wellness by offering selections that will help them achieve a healthy diet.



The month-long “Wellness Festival” which will run from July 1 - 31 highlights some promos and activities to keep everyone on the right track. Shoppers can get an exclusive Healthy You Rolled Oats bundle for every P3,000 single receipt purchase inclusive of P750 worth of participating products from Nestle and Johnson & Johnson, Abbott, Wyeth, Fontera, Nivea, Delfi, Del Monte, Federated, Unilever, Unilab and P&G, among others. All these brands share RSC’s mission to bring health and wellness options to all Filipinos. 

Healthy You is Robinsons Supermarket’s exclusive healthy brand. The product line ranges from nuts, juices, oats, brown rice, coffee and many more. All of these products have been evaluated healthy by DOST-Food Nutrition and Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). Loyal customers will also get an additional 15 Robinsons Rewards Card points for purchase of P500.00 worth of Healthy You products for the whole month of July. 

Find out more about RSC’s year-long Route to Wellness series of promos and activities. Like it on Facebook www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or visit its official website at www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph to stay updated on the activities that it has in store, and learn more about the #ILoveWellness campaign.
 

PMAP Continues its Search for 'New Models of Influence' in MODÈLE PHILIPPINES 2016


As the reality search for the “New Models of Influence!” dubbed MODÈLE PHILIPPINES nears its final stretch, Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) hold its final stretch of Metro Manila leg of go-see last June 25, 2016 at F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.




Capping its 29th anniversary, Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the country’s most esteemed models’ guild, recently launched MODÈLE PHILIPPINES. It is aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring or experienced models with excellent potentials to become masters of their game, and reset the course of professional modeling in the Philippines. It is unique in the sense that famous personalities of modeling, all PMAP luminaries, will play mentor to the contestants. Twenty mentors from the ranks of PMAP will be matched to each of the 10 female and 10 male candidates. These mentors will groom the contestants, preparing them for the tough world that is modeling, present them to the general public (through television) and the judges to pick the first-ever MODÈLE PHILIPPINES winner.

The prestigious model reality search is presented MODÈLE PHILIPPINES is presented by The Zen Institute, in partnership with Marco Polo Ortigas, DVO and Cebu, F1 Hotel Manila, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Experience Travel and Living magazine, Retro 105.9 DCG-FM Jetsetter Asia and Village Connect and Sonshine Media

For more information and updates, email modeleph@gmail.com, or like them on Facebook /modelePH; Instagram @modelePH.

(Video) GAME OF THRONES Season 6 Finale Recap


“The Winds of Winter” capped off the sixth season of our favorite series with new deaths, new alliances, new king and queen, new threats and new hope.

The dismal yet chilling sound of the bell rang across the whole King’s Landing as everyone prepared for the trial of Loras Tyrell and Cersei Lannister. The Sept oF Baelor was packed with people, including the faith militants, Kevan Lannister, Queen Margaery Tyrell and his father Mace.

Loras’ trial never happened though because he pleaded guilty of the crimes he committed. To fully atone for his sins, he unburdened himself of his worldly desires and promised to devote his life to the Faith. Brother Lancel traced his blade on Loras’s forehead to mark him as the defender of the Seven Gods.

King Tommen was supposed to attend the trial, but The Mountain prevented him to go, as ordered by Cersei who intended to stay at the Red Keep and wait for her plans to materialize. Queen Margaery, meanwhile, realized that Cersei isn’t coming for her trial. The High Sparrow got worried too and sent the militants to get the Queen.

A young girl, one of the “littlebirds”, led Pycelle into Qyburn’s laboratory. Qyburn said his apology and farewell message to Pycelle before a group of children pounced on the old maester and dug their knives to his flesh.

Another littlebird shrewdly led Lancel into the crypt beneath the Sept of Baelor. Lancel found himself in a dark alley when he was stabbed by the little boy he was chasing. He noticed wooden barrels around him and at the end of the alley, he saw the burning candles atop small puddles of wildfire. All this time, Cersei was staring out from the balcony at the Red Keep, her eyes fixed at the Sept located just meters away.

Queen Margaery argued with the High Sparrow that Cersei didn’t really intend to show up and face the consequences of her trial. She sensed that something bad will happen. She tried to get everybody out the Sept but she was barred by the militants.

Lancel knew what the wildfire is for so he dragged himself but didn’t make it in time to extinguish the candles. The small flame sparked the massive explosion as the wildfire crept from the underground room and up the Sept, detonating the whole place and expunging all the people inside.

Cersei watched as thick plumes of smoke rose high into the air. Her major enemies were already gone but she wasn’t done yet. The next subject of her revenge was Septa Unella, who was secured on a table in one room. Cersei poured wine onto her face and made her confess, mimicking what the holy woman did to her wheh she was jailed before. She turned over Unella to the Mountain who began inflicting torment upon the woman.

King Tommen could still see the remnants of the explosion from afar and was informed about the casualties. When he could no longer handle the agony the event caused, he took off his crown and jumped off the window to his death. Cersei knew after all that her children will die based on a prophesy so she just asked Qyburn to burn her son’s remains.

Samwell and Gilly finally reached the Oldtown and headed straight to the Citadel. Sam was given access to the library as the future maester of the Castle Black. He walked into the chamber where thousands of books were shelved and all he could do was to look around in an open-mouthed wonder.

The Freys celebrated the retaking of the Riverrun and their stronger alliance with the Lannisters. Jaime Lannister and Bronn were present to join the party at the Twins. Jaime later mocked Walder Frey and questioned the need for the alliance when the Freys couldn’t competitively protect the Riverlands.

At the Winterfell, Davos interrupted Jon Snow and Melisandre’s small talk to confront the red priestess about the death of Shireen, Stannis Baratheon’s daughter, who Davos treated as his best friend and his own child. Melisandre admitted the girl was burned at the stake. Davos asked Jon to execute her but Jon instead sent her into exile in the south.

Jon, meanwhile, recognized they won the battle against the Boltons through Sansa but doubted her trust to Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. Sansa apologized that she didn’t tell about the knights of the Vale. Jon reminded her that they have made a lot of enemies so they need to trust each other now.

The Queen of Thorns Olenna Tyrell, amidst mourning the loss of her family, was invited to Dorne by Ellaria Sand who proposed about the Martell-Tyrell alliance against the Lannisters. Varys came out to seal the deal, offering what Olenna truly needs—“Fire and Blood” (the family “words” of House Targaryen).

Queen Daenerys wanted her lover Daario Naharis to stay in Meereen with the Second Sons to keep the peace in the city despite his insistence to go with her in the Westeros.  She felt badly about her decision and Tyrion Lannister tried to console him. “The Imp” later affirmed his passionate loyalty to Daenerys and was made the Hand of the Queen.

Back to the Twins, Walder Frey was served his meal by a young cup-bearer. He was asking about his two sons who were supposed to see him earlier in the day. The girl said they are in the pie she just fed him. She unmasked her face to reveal her true identity: Arya Stark. Arya said her parting words before slitting Walder’s throat, just like the same way her mother Catelyn was killed.

Littlefinger shared to Sansa how he pictured himself sitting in the Iron Throne, with Sansa by his side. He dived in for a kiss, but Sansa pulled away. As she walked out on him, he threw her a question: Who should the North rally behind? The true-born daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark or a motherless bastard born in the south?

The reanimated Benjen Stark parted with Meera and Bran as he dropped them off at a weirwood tree. He said he can’t pass beyond the Wall as he is already dead. But he will be around preparing for the coming war (with the Whitewalkers) to fight for the living. Bran traveled  to the past again and joined his father Ned inside the Tower of Joy. Her aunt Lyanna was there, dying in her bed. She whispered something to Ned, her last wishes, and a crying baby was brought to him. The baby’s face was shown and the shot cut to face of Jon Snow; the scene hinted the story about Jon’s parentage.

Jon and Sansa presided over a meeting at the hall in Winterfell. Some Stark bannermen were concerned about the presence of the wildlings, but Jon defended them as friends in the battlefield. Most of the men also wanted to go home to prepare for the coming winter. But the war is not yet over, as Jon said, and the true enemy brings the storm.

Lady Lyanna Mormont jumped down on the skeptics’ throat and reminded Wyman Manderly, Robett Glover and Cley Cerwyn when they refused to help House Stark in the most desperate times. But the North remembers, she said, and she knows no other king than the Stark king, bastard or not. The allied rulers came to their senses and one by one affirmed anew their fealty to Jon, the new King in the North.

At the Great Hall, Cersei was proclaimed the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, while her brother-lover Jaime displeasedly watched from the gallery. “Long may she reign,” Qyburn declared. But perhaps not so long, as the Targaryen fleet, with Drogon in tow, finally set off on their voyage to the Westeros.

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